CES 2021: Hologram technology inspired by ‘Star Wars’ could bring ‘new dimension’ to smartphones – USA TODAY

CES 2021: Hologram technology inspired by ‘Star Wars’ could bring ‘new dimension’ to smartphones – USA TODAY


The original “Star Wars,” a movie later subtitled “A New Hope,” inspired generations of filmmakers and other creators.

R2-D2’s holographic broadcast of Princess Leia to Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker proved particularly motivating to Taylor Scott.

A scientist who applied for his first patent at age 15, Scott is on a mission to bring holograms – similar to those created by the beloved droid – to the masses.

And the San Diego-based company Scott founded, IKIN, is on the verge of achieving that goal. During the CES show that starts Monday, IKIN will meet with potential sellers and investors about its in-development smartphone accessory that turns content on the device into three-dimensional holograms.

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This demonstration of IKIN's holographic technology shows a buzzing wasp that can be interacted with.

“People for years have thought of holographic communication as sort of idealized magical future and that is actually 2021,” said Scott, now 28, who is also IKIN’s chief technology officer.

IKIN’s accessories create 3D holograms viewable in daylight from Android or iOS smartphones with a
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